Quite possibly the most fun plane ever...the HobbyKing® ™ Skipper!
Capable of taking off from and landing on just about any surface including water, ice, snow, grass and more, the Skipper is a truly versatile model. Add to that its super low wing loading and high performance brushless power system and you've got yourself a model that is an absolute blast to fly!
The pre-installed 40A brushless power system provides tons of power, just what you need for getting off of the water or grass take-offs. This abundance of power adds to the fun factor in the air, providing unlimited vertical performance. The large control surfaces allow for a fast roll rate and excellent elevator response making aerobatic flight a big part of the Skipper's wide flight envelope.
Constructed from low-density EPO foam, this model is very lightweight yet maintains a high level of durability. The wing halves are joined with twin carbon fiber spars providing excellent rigidity. The fuselage of the Skipper is moulded in a "flying boat" shape allowing it to easily take off, land and cruise on the water. This smooth, low-drag design also lends itself very well to use on snow and grass.
The Skipper comes in "Plug and Fly" form meaning that the brushless power system and all servos are pre-installed, you will simply need to add your own 4CH radio system and 3S lipoly battery. Assembly is a breeze requiring gluing of the horizontal stabilizer only. You can have the Skipper built and ready for flight in as little as 15 minutes.
• The most fun plane ever
• "Plug and Fly" - simply add your own radio system and 3S lipoly battery
• All terrain flight ability - capable of flying from water, snow, ice, grass and more
• Ultra durable EPO foam construction
• Waterproof brushless power system and servos
• Easy to assemble
Wing Loading: 25g/dm²
Flying Weight: 575g
Motor Thrust: 850g
Skipper All Terrain Airplane (PNF)
XT60 plug for battery
Balloon for protecting receiver from water
4CH transmitter and receiver
3S 1300~1500mAh lipoly battery
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After one flight the rudder servo stopped working. Replacing this servo involves some very delicate surgery as the servos in the fin are installed before the two fin halves are glued together. Durability not very impressive.
Other than that the model flew well, quite stable, takes off well on water.
Everything works ok except motor. All the beeps but no rotation. We all had a go at programming by tx and card. Used my own ESC and now ok, so ESC must be faulty. Took the prop off to find thread locked by glue used for spinner. Had to destroy adapter to get it off, replaced with my own. Also noted that prop hole much larger than adapter shaft, no way to centre....Also wonder about cooling, there is none!
Its a great plane for a great price. Fly's great, no bad habbits. stalls recover quickly and no noticable ground affect when landing. I like it.
I bought this plane a while ago and everything was fine, flies very well and no complaints about the servo's and esc. Goes together in half an hour. On the 8th flight while cruising around on half throttle a noticed that the rpm of the motor was decreasing so I landed to check. The motor had sagged on the cowling and melted half way through. At home after cutting of the spinner and cowling I took the motor out and the back of the firewall had melted taking the motor down with it. Just a matter of cheap construction of the firewall. Now I am left with a plane which I can throw in the bin because the damage is so large that repair makes no sense. I fly the plane on a 3S 1500 25-50C Nanotech pack so that can not be the problem. Any one else have this problem ? I don't understand why HK sells a very good flying plane whith a motor mount that is not suited for the use. For a few bucks more this problem would not exist and they would have a quality product. I am realy having doubts about buying the next foamy to be honest.
Love the plane. Balance the prop. Makes a world of difference. I added large water rudder. Not advised unless you intend to use on water only
A great plane that I have to downgrade to one star because there are NO SPARES. Selling a plane with no spares is like selling a car without tires. Yeah, you may be flying for a few days, but eventually even the best pilot breaks something and THEN YOU ARE SOL. This design is copied form the Joysway Dragonfly, so you could conceivably buy parts for that, but they're only sold in Europe and the prices and shipping are so high you might as well buy two planes from HK to have one for spares. HK should take this plane off their website until they decide to be a responsible merchant and support what they sell with spares. Until then, all you're buying is RC snake oil.
Plane flies great but I lost the Black hatch cover. Some problems with servo, Anyone know where I can get one.
Great plane, not especially fast but nice and stable. It can take a wide range of battery sizes. I use 1000mAh to 2200mAh with the bigger ones for windier days. Mine came with a jittering aileron servo but this does not effect it much.
Mein Motor war bei Lieferung lose.
Beim Erstflug hat er sich gedreht dadurch kamen die Anschlussdrhte an den Auen- Lufer mit Kurzschlu und Rauchentwicklung.
Wenn er denn mal fliegt macht der Skipper viel Spa und kann berall starten, selbst auf umgepflgtem Acker. Nur hohes Gras ist ein nogo.
Heck tendiert zum schwnzeln.
Bin mit der Qualitt und Lieferbedingungen von HK allgemein sehr unzufrieden.
Generally very well packaged, although there were a few small scrapes in the foam, caused before packing by looks of things
Easy to put together, though I did add some glue and did not solely rely on the small pieces of double sided tape. The easiest way is to put glue in the wing tubes.
Most of the servos had been centred well -you have to connect up the elevator servo yourself. Came with an aileron "Y" lead, although a shorter one would have been better. Instructions were clear but gave control surface movement measured by the angle. Difficult if you have not got a measuring tool.
Dropped in a small 4c receiver, and checked balance, which was very close. Needed 10g on the tail with a Zippy Flightmax 1300 battery still quite well back from the front mark.
Flew really well, very twitchy when set up as described, but adding rates especially to the ailerons made a huge difference. Balance point seems about right. Landings were precise, with no tendency to drop a wing.
Lively plane to fly and really good to fly off a field too wet and boggy for most planes. Great fun too, it can be flown slowly or can be quite aerobatic.
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